Monday, 14 May 2012

Bordering 0n Romance - Watercolor Technique

As promised, I have finally managed to get my act together and spend some time crafting while here in the USA. I try to travel light so I was not able to bring the whole contents of my craft room (I would need a 20ft container if I wanted to bring everything with me) but I am starting to hoard my own little stash of goodies here. For those of you wondering where I am, I am currently in La Jolla which is right on the coast in Southern California, not far from San Diego.

This month's technique is supposed to be Watercolour but it has been taken over by the Summer Mini Catalogue. I have however managed to combine the two in today's project.

I have brought with me a set of Brights Watercolor Wonder Crayons along with the Bordering on Romance stamp set (from the Summer Mini Catalogue), some Whisper White card stock and a pack of Brights card stock. 

The Watercolor Wonder Crayons come in tins so they are easy to keep and they come in each of the four family colourway collections, including Neutrals. Each tin contains 10 crayons. Also. as the name implies, the crayons are water soluble so you can water colour with them. You can of course also use them like normal colouring crayons and I have on odd occasions found my daughter helping herself to them for a school project!

Please note that the Watercolor Crayons can be used on normal card stock, which is what I have done on these projects (I forgot to bring the Watercolor Paper with me) but images should always be stamped using a waterproof ink so that it does not bleed. Also, if you do use card stock rather than Watercolor Paper, because the card stock does not absorb water very well it is better to use a Blender Pen rather than a wet brush.

So, here are a few ways to use the crayons.
  • The first is to simply colour in part of the image and then blend in the crayon using an Aqua Painter, a small wet paint brush or a Blender Pen. This is a very good way of blending the colours together. Or,
  • The second (and the method I used for these images) is to pick up a little of the colour on the wet brush and then apply it to the paper. If the colour is not dark enough, then pick up some more colour from the crayon and paint over again. Or,
  • You can colour directly onto your stamp and then mist with water and then stamp the image. This works best with solid images and I will be showing you projects made using this method in the next few days or so.
  • You can stamp a solid image using a Versamark inkpad and then clear emboss it. Once cooled you can then colour in the background using a variety of crayons and then mist the paper allowing the colours to blend. This is a technique that I have not tried but I have heard that it works best on Glossy paper, I guess I will have to give it a go and who knows, I may another project to share with you next week using this method.

Here I applied more colour to the centre of the flower

Here I applied more colour to just one flower.

A piece of Whisper White was matted onto the Melon Mambo base card after the border from the Bordering on Romance stamp set was stamped in Melon Mambo (I used my Stampin' Write Markers as I did not want to bring open ink pads with me). The greeting comes from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.

Here, the water coloured image was stuck onto a piece of Pacific Point card stock before being put onto a  Melon Mambo card base. As in the previous card, the greeting comes from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.

Check back later this week to see what other projects I have come up with using the Watercolor Wonder Crayons. Also, if you are interested in purchasing any of the four collections please contact me.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely cards love the paint idea. I have always been a fan of watercolour pencils


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